Ensete agharkarii

Ensete agharkarii (A. K. Chakravorti) D. K. Hore, B. D. Sharma & G. Pandey, Journal of economic and taxonomic Botany 16 (2): 447-455 (1992).

Accepted name Ensete glaucum (W. Roxburgh) E. E. Cheesman, Kew Bulletin 2 (2): 101 (1947).
Synonyms Musa agharkarii A. K. Chakravorti, Journal of the Indian botanical Society 27 (2): 93 (1948).
Authorities The authorities for the accepted name are Rao & Hajra 1976 notwithstanding Hore et al 1992 who are the authorities for the synonym.

The World Checklist of Monocotyledons gives Musa agharkarii Chakravorti, J. Indian Bot. Soc. 27: 93 (1948) as a synonym of Ensete agharkarii (Chakravorti) Hore, B.D., Sharma & G. Pandey, J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 16: 450 (1992) which is listed as an accepted name.

Distribution Mizoram (India) and Chittagong hills (Bangladesh); endemic.
Description Pseudostem 2 - 3 m. tall, swollen at the base, non stoloniferous; bracts green; fruits 5 - 7 x 2.5 - 4 cm. obovoid to oblong, few seeded. Seeds ca. 1 cm. in diameter, round, black.

(from Hore et al 1992).

See Musa agharkarii for a description of the type.

References Chakravorti 1948, Hore et al 1992, Index Kewensis, Rao & Hajra 1976, WCM.
Comments Hore et al 1992 created the combination Ensete agharkarii from Musa agharkarii on the basis that the plant is a "non-stoloniferous, single stemmed monocarpic herb with unusual robust girth which bears the chromosome number 2n = 18, [Chakravorti 1948] [which] suggests its appropriate placement under the genus Ensete". However, seemingly unknown to Hore et al, Rao & Hajra had in 1976 reduced Musa agharkarii to a synonym of Ensete glaucum. Notwithstanding its currency the information in Hore et al presents no convincing case for maintaining Ensete agharkarii as distinct from Ensete glaucum. However, The World Checklist of Monocotyledons gives Ensete agharkarii as the accepted name.

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